Musée Saint-Exupéry

Museum in Tarfaya

Tarfaya will forever be associated with the French pilot and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. In 1926 he began flying in the airmail service between France and Senegal, and Cap Juby was one of the stops. This museum tells the stories (in French) of Saint-Exupéry, the airmail service’s founder, Pierre-Georges Latécoère, and the incredible service itself, which eventually became part of Air France.

In 1927 Saint-Exupéry was appointed station manager for Cap Juby, and he spent a couple of years here, writing his first novel Courrier Sud (Southern Mail) in which an airmail pilot dies south of Boujdour in the desert of Rio de Oro. He also picked up inspiration for his most famous story, Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince), which features a pilot lost in the desert.